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Chinese Newspaper Coverage of (Unproven) Stem Cell Therapies and their Providers.
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PMID:  23292462     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
China is a primary destination for stem cell tourism, the phenomenon whereby patients travel abroad to receive unproven stem cell-based treatments that have not been approved in their home countries. Yet, much remains unknown about the state of the stem cell treatment industry in China and about how the Chinese view treatments and providers. Given the media's crucial role in science/health communication and in framing public dialogue, this study sought to examine Chinese newspaper portrayal and perceptions of stem cell treatments and their providers. Based on a content analysis of over 300 newspaper articles, the study revealed that while Chinese newspaper reporting is generally neutral in tone, it is also inaccurate, overly positive, heavily influenced by "interested" treatment providers and focused on the therapeutic uses of stem cells to address the health needs of the local population. The study findings suggest a need to counterbalance providers' influence on media reporting through strategies that encourage media uptake of accurate information about stem cell research and treatments.
Ubaka Ogbogu; Li Du; Christen Rachul; Lisa Bélanger; Timothy Caulfield
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Stem cell reviews     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1558-6804     ISO Abbreviation:  Stem Cell Rev     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101255952     Medline TA:  Stem Cell Rev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Faculty of Law, Health Law Institute and Health Law and Science Policy Group, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada,
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